Tag: Publishers vs. Authors

Author or Publisher?

Posted January 7, 2008 by Holly in Discussions, Reviews | 12 Comments

When you’re looking for new books, do you take notice of the publisher or just the author? Do you have a preferred publisher you like to buy from?

Holly: I used to be addicted to Avon Historicals. Well, back when I was addicted to Historicals, Avon was my preferred publisher. Whenever I went to the bookstore (this was pre-eBook days for me), I’d check the spine for the Avon symbol and then I’d buy it – a lot of times without even seeing who the author was or reading the back blurb.

Casee: For me, it was the opposite. I thought that Avon’s historicals were too fluffy. With the exception of Lisa Kleypas, I don’t know that there is another historical Avon author that I really enjoy. I love Suzanne Enoch, but I’m a fan of her contemporaries.

The first time I read Karen Rose, I picked it up on a complete whim. I can’t say how happy I am that I judged a book by its’ cover. Now, whenever I see “Warner Forever” across the front of a book, I give it a chance (with the exception of Rachel Lee). I also will try most Berkley authors.

Holly: Then I found a list of auto-buy authors. Linda Howard, Hannah Howell, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and many, many others. I didn’t check the publishers for them, just bought any book with their name on the cover.

Once I’d glommed all their backlists, I started checking out who their publishers were so I could find (hopefully) more authors just as good as they are/were. That led me to Harelquin and their various imprints. Now I balance it pretty equally. Sometimes I surf a publisher website looking for new books to buy, and sometimes I just go by author.

Wena: For me, Publishing Houses just don’t make it to my radar. Before I started blogging here on Book Binge where we get review requests from different publishing houses, I was publishing house stupid. I didn’t know who was writing for who and really, I didn’t give a damn. I still kind of don’t. I read the authors that I like and the authors that get pimped on the book blogs that I enjoy reading, other than that…I just don’t pay much attention to them. So, for me…I’m all about the authors!

So, what about the rest of you? Have a preferred publishing house? Don’t care one way or the other? Is it all about the author for you, or the publishing house? Or do neither matter?

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